Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon, by Mary Albanese
Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon (216 pages) follows a young upstate New York woman who begins the adventure of a life-time as she moves away from her safe and conventional path. She is unable to resist the excitement and challenge of a chance to become a geological explorer in Alaska, where she maps remote wilderness areas and journeys to the depths of her own heart. A memoir that is full of rich and eccentric characters with human failings. This landscape reveals the courage and sacrifice of the author’s “family” of visionary explorers who mapped the wild state. Surviving dangers most people will never face, the author persists in the face of hardships and loss.
Framed against the backdrop of Alaska’s raw beauty, it is an inspiring story of achievement and hope, told with gentle humor, compassionate grace, and above all, an abiding respect for America’s last frontier.
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“Given her motto, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try something that’s harder,’ it is not surprising that Albanese’s journey from a farm in upstate New York to a new life in Alaska–spurred by a gut feeling and news of a teacher shortage there–was filled with great successes, disappointing failures, and heartrending losses. Spiked with wry humor, Albanese’s candid narrative is most effective when she pivots between accounts of surmounting handicaps (e.g., unfamiliarity with the extreme climate; being a woman in a male-dominated field) to horrifying tales of colleagues disappearing in the wilds, being mauled by bears, and falling off mountains. She ends on a bittersweet note, reflecting on her reasons for leaving Alaska, a place that once held seemingly endless opportunities for her.”
—Publishers Weekly 02/27/12
An engaging memoir of an adventurous life in Alaska tough, humorous, and inspiring.”
–Meg Gardiner, author of The Nightmare Thief
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